The right tree in the right place enhances your home and requires minimal maintenance.
You don't have to have a degree in forestry like our expert tree crews in order to plant and maintain trees in a way that minimizes hassle down the road. Here are some tips to keep your trees happy and everyone safe.
There’s a lot to consider when you are selecting a tree. Are you planting it for shade? To attract wildlife? Screen a view? Add color or flowers? Read on for more tree selection considerations.
To improve your safety, reduce maintenance hassles and reduce tree-related power outages, use these guidelines when choosing and planting trees.
Near the parking strip, stick with small trees (20-30 feet). They are generally compatible with overhead power lines. Also consider the shape or spread of the tree; a species with a spreading crown is better suited to a wider parking strip.
Small to medium trees are appropriate here, depending on the size of your front/side yards. Medium sized trees (30-50 feet) require large private lawn areas.
In the backyard, any size tree is okay — depending on the size of your yard. Large trees (50+ feet) require a large yard.
Plant trees with spreading crowns at least 25 feet away from wires, sidewalks and buildings.
Trees with columnar or pyramidal forms should be at least 10 feet away.
Call before you dig. Dial 811 to have underground utilities marked. Call at least two business days prior to digging.
Call the PGE Tree Hotline at 800-544-1794 for advice or assistance before working on trees near power lines.
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